It’s scientifically proven that pets and other animals can make us feel better. For example, our levels of *oxytocin increase when we interact with animals!
*Oxytocin: known as the “love hormone” helps us with social bonding and puts our bodies in a state of readiness to heal.
Additionally, interacting with cats, dogs, horses, guinea pigs, hamsters, and other pets help to reduce blood pressure, and one study even found that heart attack patients who owned pets lived longer than those who didn’t. Pretty amazing! (Read more at Pet Therapy: How Animals and Humans Heal Each Other)
About a year ago, I registered my kitten, Pumpkin (right) as an *Emotional Support Animal (ESA) to help with my own anxiety. The benefits include:
- being able to take him on public transportation
- being able to have him in a “no pet policy” residential setting (my current apartment – FOR FREE!)
- fly with him on an airplane
- and more!
I strongly encourage registering your pet as an ESA. And if you don’t already have a pet and suffer from a mental condition, I strongly recommend getting an animal (only if you can take care of it, of course) because the benefits are extraordinary.
For more information on how to register a pet as an emotional support animal, visit emotionalpetsupport.com or google other websites on where to register. There are about a handful of websites to choose from. Some require a registration fee, others do not.
TIP: If you see your primary care Doctor for psychiatric needs, or if you have a psychiatrist, ask them about writing you an emotional support animal recommendation. This is how I registered Pumpkin. It was easy, and it avoided having to pay a fee.
Let me know if you have any questions or want more information! Animals are such loving and amazing creatures ♥